Lasting Impact

Sorry Word WP PreviewI promise you that people all over the world, not just angry Middle Eastern displaced Muslims, are thinking and even voicing that they hope to see Trump policies backfire and great badness happen to our country.

This kind of collective consciousness evolution doesn’t heal.

In a twisted way, it is similar to global climate change. We were warned. It’s not like we get a do-over.  In the mid-90’s, there was this thing called “peak oil.”  The canaries in the mine were killed.  For all the talk of saving the planet, it really, REALLY sucks, but day late, dollar short.

I digress, but there *is* an unavoidable comparison to be made.  The damage our reality TV autocrat is doing may be semi-irreversible.   Inaction’s consequences are really too late to stop or reverse.

I think we are close to a point where if this autocratic half-wit isn’t removed from office and major, major submissive reconciliation — kind of like how Germany had to behave after World War II — then we’re the woolly mammoth in the tar pit. We haven’t (yet) murdered millions of Innocents. But, the human heart doesn’t need direct comparisons to equate their feelings.

Trump is a monster, and America is fast becoming its reflection in a mirror.  At least in the foreseeable short term.

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Trump’s Iranian Hostage Crisis Sequel?

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It’s been a minute, but it looks like it’s not *that* ancient a history to Trump’s people.  The great Iranian Hostage Crisis original “October Surprise” that cemented Ronald Reagan’s Presidential election victory was ripe for a 2nd run.

Here’s a reminder of the original ordeal:

Wikipedia –>  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_hostage_crisis

It’s certainly nice to have U.S. Intelligence agents returned home, but how do you feel knowing that Trump and “Little Rocket Man” are playing us all like a golden P.R. fiddle?

Here’s a good article on the release of the North Korean prisoners:

Washington Post –>  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/pompeo-north-korea-can-haverichly-deserved-opportunities-in-return-for-peace/2018/05/09/b51febfa-51a4-11e8-b00a-17f9fda3859b_story.html

BREAKING Bernie News!

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According to reports, Bernie Sanders has taken a job in the private sector with the ACA.  Seems the ACA has been doing tons of research on the Bern-or-Bust superhero’s powers!  Seems that whenever Bernie endorses cancer, it loses all will and folds!

Schneiderman Go Boom

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Not pleased about the Eric Schniderman mess.

New York Times –>  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/nyregion/new-york-attorney-general-eric-schneiderman-abuse.html

I don’t know enough to form an opinion, but, trump HATES this guy.  He’s won all kinds of lawsuits against our autocrat halfwit in charge.  Schneiderman was to become the state Attorney General to prosecute trump should he pardon everyone facing federal charges.

It’s too fishy.

On the same day when trump is busted for hiring private Mossad intel service,  Black Cube to scorch the earth under Ben Rhodes and Colin Kahl’s feet to discredit the Iran Deal.

NPR –>  https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/07/609157901/reports-intel-firm-was-hired-to-discredit-former-obama-iran-deal-negotiators

I suspect that the women accusing Schneiderman are not credible.  I suspect that Schneiderman got himself into the mud, because (again no source for you on this) he had a bondage fetish and liked playing dom.  Made it WAY too easy to dispose of.

The only silver lining is that the next AG is picked by the NY state senate, which just took a 1-seat Democratic edge.  So, this doesn’t save trump on its face.  We just better get Schneiderman replaced before the trump crime family disappears a Democratic senator, or two.

And, I am not kidding.

Stormy Daniels Plot Arc Fogged Up Cross Pond

I know that foreign press is kind of covering the Trump pee-tape sad reality.  Kind of.  But U.S. press is naturally more interested in it.

When I am online, I watch network news on a feed intended to bring U.S. news networks to our soldiers overseas.  Soldiers and civilians, but, the funding comes specifically to keep USMIL informed.

Well, I’ve noticed that for whatever reason, the antenna signal is jammed often whenever the Stormy Daniels plot arc is disused.

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I have no smoking gun evidence that 45 knows where the signal originates (very likely on an offshore rig in international waters) and flies some kine of Joint STARS drone over it to strategically jam the signal on command, but it sure wouldn’t be out of the ordinary if they did.  If I were a commander-in-chief of the USMIL I might consider doing it.  USMIL vote while on duty.  Think 45 wants them hearing things that fairly disrupt their blind allegiance to him?

Black and Blue Hand

The other day, someone sent out a request that we “Resisters” send all of our Republican “friends” a nice holiday card with a black reindeer on a sleigh being pulled by a bunch of gay reindeer (although, I don’t know how you’d draw gay worker beasts in action, but I digress).

I thought, why not take it a step further.  I think someone should send all Republican elected assholes a nice card with a black hand on it to let them all know what they need to keep their eyes open for.

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BTW:  This is a nod to the letters our Irish pals all got in Peaky Blinders.

Netflix  –>  https://www.netflix.com/title/80002479

Kneeling out of Respect for the Fallen

A lot has been said about Colin Kaepernick and what he was doing / wasn’t doing as our national anthem was playing that day he took a knee.

The rabid racist right wing took the trump administration lead and claimed that Colin was doing it to disrespect our military.  To disrespect our glorious flag and Francis Scott’s song we adopted as our national anthem.  People have been herded into an angry corral of race-hate and bitterness.

Unfortunately, like so many things coming out of the trump administration and the republican right, these people are being mislead by people who simply want to con people and divide Americans against one another.

In reality, Colin Kaepernick was influenced in his decision to take a knee by his friend — a decorated Green Beret, Nate Boyer.

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Snopes.com –> https://www.snopes.com/veteran-kaepernick-take-a-knee-anthem/

“Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect. When we’re on a patrol, you know, and we go into a security halt, we take a knee, and we pull security.”

There was no disrespect intended towards anyone.  It was a moment of silence meant to draw attention to the systematic racism inherent in the near-genocidal deaths of innocent black men and boys at the hands of white police officers.  Murders that not a single one was prosecuted.  It was a peaceful, respectful call for a wholesale change in our culture towards peace and a newfound love for fellow man.

The following video is from an episode of Real Time with Bill Maher that explains what the whole thing was and wasn’t about, and why good folk shouldn’t be judgemental and full of hate toward Colin Kaepernick because of this innocent and respectful protest.

The Alter-Net Was Supposed to Be Last Cast in the 90’s

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OK.  This is a little essay about a journalist I’m torn about.  So, I’m just going to lay it out and let the chips fall where they may.  Maybe it will serve as a collection of unsolicited advice to him and make him a better writer for it.  Who knows.  In this day and age, it will probably be taken as an attack and I’ll end up absorbing blows and other forms of insult for it — from him and his supporters, alike.

Oh well.  I have never been one to shy away from trouble, so here it is.

Bill Palmer and his hyper-popular resistance blog, the Palmer Report (LINK).  You either love him, or you hate him.  If you love him, it’s because he says all the right things about just the right person that you despise:  Donald Trump.

If you hate him, it’s because you consider him a conspiracy theorist and a hack of a journalist.

I am both of these critics.

I’ll start by saying I love his writing.  Technically and artistically, he’s sound as a pound.  Sterling silver.  I haven’t seen his C.V., but I must deduce from reading hundreds of pages of his copy that he has a degree in creative writing.  I dig this in any writer.  When you can tell they’ve been formally trained.  Mentored at some point in their studies.  So, point to Bill.

As a game theorist and investigative journalist, I adore his ability to connect dots.  His knack for breaking wild, bucking theoretical broncos into a logical corral is gold-medal quality stuff.  Say what you want about his theories, they always make a lot of logical sense.

But, that’s where it ends, for me.  There’s a laundry list of issues he needs to improve upon before he gets my seal of approval.

I’ll kick it off with his presentation.  Not many of the people who will be reading this know that I was once a website “information architect.”  Not a website designer.  Oh, my, no.  That’s a whole other set of skills way out of my purview (regardless of my insistence on once playing the amateur web designer out of a cocksure insistence on rocking all things pixelated).  The firm I was with in the mid 2000’s contracted that artistic specialty out to a crack team of the “Mexican” intellectual labor of Europe: the Polish (they work on the cheap like our Southern neighbors).

Back to the concept of info-architecture (and I swear it is relevant, here).  It’s doubtful you even know what an info-architect is (I mean, why would you)?  Quick primer:  they  dream up how a website will best be presented — aesthetically and functionally — then they  send the plans to designers, who then make it work; and to the graphic designers, who pretty it up, proper.

Palmer doesn’t have the expertise to design blueprints for even the most basic website, and certainly has no design or artistic expertise.   He doesn’t have the skills, and as you’ll see below, he doesn’t have the resources to farm it out, either.  Because he has neither, his website looks little better than the old, painfully-ugly Angelfire websites of the 1990’s:

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So, it’s ugly.

That’s one thing.  But, layered into it is a SPAM garden of foul.  You’ll notice in the screen-grab above, the bevy of spam advertisements throughout.  Sickly ads that pay his bills while he writes.   Unfortunately for Bill, he has no editorial control over who gets to advertise on his website, so he ends up with non-FDA approved Viagra substitutes and penis enlargement devices alongside Russian dating service ads.

It all just takes away from any credibility his content may have had.

Then there’s the journalistic credibility issues.

As good as the logical hypotheses he may make, his journalistic techniques and general ethics are sorely lacking.  For example, when he does provide source links, they lead back to his former essays as if they are legitimate source for his claims.  It is a rarity that he provides any outside links to back up his claims.  As if the reader is supposed to take his word for the veracity of the dots he is connecting.

It doesn’t work like that, and even a first-year undergraduate in a journalism program knows this as rote.  He / she was already well-versed in this set of rules by the time he / she graduated high school.  So, shame on Bill Palmer for that.

Then, to top it off, Palmer ends every article with a cup in an outstretched hand, begging for spare change.  Worse, he follows even that with a request for his users to visit another group of clickbait websites from which he will enrich himself a little more.

And, worse on top of worse, Palmer ends with a “gimme your email address” request under the guise of offering you his articles before he publishes.  This, first of all, isn’t honest, as you receive the articles in your inbox simultaneously as they are published.  And, secondly, your email ends up used to send other offers from 3rd party advertisers to further “go fund him.”

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In a nutshell, as much as I love reading Bill Palmer’s content in his Palmer Report (LINK), I can never suggest it to any respectable reader.  It’s not even worthy toilet reading,  Sorry Bill.  And, sorry loyal readers of his blog (I know a handful). There are better outlets to satiate your thirst for Trump takedown news.

Source in media — especially citizen media — is king.   It is pretty apparent that Bill Palmer doesn’t get this concept.  His technique gives his creative fancy and apparently his wallet their freedom to maintain their “independence.”  But, they don’t do the pursuit of the journalistic art any justice.  If you are in the market for good citizen journalism — reporting based on ethics the ethics of truth and sourcing to back it up, might I recommend Magnana Mouse (LINK)?

Magnana Mouse is a magazine that is easily as opinionated as a Bear Jew (shout out to Quintin Tarantino’s extreme Nazi-hunter saga’s hero, Donnie Donowitz, the “Bear Jew“).  Thick in unforgiving opinion, but steeped in source uber alles.  More PBS than even MSNBC, as, for better or worse, it’s strictly not-for-profit.

I am one of two writers at the blog, along with a writer who goes by Johnny S. Doe.  John is a former analyst for a non-partisan think tank, and now manages a team of U.S. Congressional staff chiefs, coordinating them under the wing of the same firm he was once with.  As interesting as his position is, he doesn’t ever write about the inner-workings of what he does (as much as I would like  it if he would.  Since taking the position he’s currently in, his writing consists of editing my essays and adding / removing content.

But, it’s good.  And, I also get to use it as an outlet to keep my artistic, as well as my journalistic swords sharp.  I do all of the design, too.  Then, there’s the Facebook Page, Magnana Mouse Citizen Media sister page on Facebook.  If you’re on that social media black hole, please follow us there, too (LINK). And, of course, there’s Twitter (LINK).  If you tweet, please follow us there!

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https://www.facebook.com/MagnanaMouseCitizenMedia/

 

Ages Unite

Unite.  It means something.

Republicans see that their party is walking rot.  A living corpse.  Without honor.  Led by a Russian useful idiot godless rich POS.  They have done nothing but obstruct progress and spread their darkness like a virus cancer for the last decade.

Their leader is destroying America as he destroys the very fabric of Western Civilization.  They are utterly destroying our healthcare system.  They are hastening the a thermonuclear war which will end our species on this planet long before the Global Climate Change they have welcomed on us does it in slo-mo.

Now, the Deplorables cry out that we UNITE and fix the problems THEY created.  Well, I am for uniting.  But, not with Republicans.  Not with a damn one of them.  They caused all of this shit, now they can lock themselves up in their rooms, stay high and quiet on Oxycodone until they die.

I do believe in uniting, though.  Liberals of all ages who have RESISTED the slow-disgraceful de-evolution of the Republican cabal.  Tonight in New York’s Central Park, We did just that .  This is Stevie Wonder singing five or so decades of hits that shaped all of our lives.

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He was supposed to hand the stage off to the Grasshopper, Pharrell to kind of hand off the baton to a musical disciple.

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In the end, poor Pharrell was either too awed by being around Stevie or he got too high in the trailer to carry the baton (which would be hyper-ironic concerning Millennials being able to ever being able to host our planet, but I digress).  People still dame together and danced and loved.  The Global Citizen Festival was a GIANT success.

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